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Black Hawk (MHC 58)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Hotel - Kilo

Osprey Class Coastal Mine Hunter:

  • The third Black Hawk was laid down 3 September 1992 by Intermarine USA, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 27 August 1994
  • Commissioned 11 May 1996
  • Decommissioned 1 December 2007 at Naval Station Ingleside, TX and struck from the Navy register
  • Towed to Beaumont, TX 4 December 2007 to be laid up for possible future use in the Foreign Military Sales program
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 895 Metric Tons
  • Length 188'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft (Navigation) 9' 5", Draft (Keel) 7'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 53
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns and one man held Stinger missile launcher
  • Propulsion: Two 800hp Isotta Fraschini ID36 SS8V-AM diesel engines; two Voith Schneider vertical axis, cycloidal, controllable pitch propellers, two shafts
  • Electrical Systems: Two ship service diesel generators, one ship service/emergency diesel generator; Monocoque Design glass reinforced plastic monohull design. No longitudinal or transverse hull framing. The skin carries all the
    stresses. The vessel is flexible under shock. Machinery is supported by cradles from the main deck
  • Sensors/Navigation Systems AN/SYQ-13 Navigation, Command & Control System, AN/SPS-64(V)9 surface search radar, AN/SPA-25G radar display; AN/UQN-4A sonar sounding set, AN/WSN-2 stabilized gyrocompass,
    Hyper-fix radio navigation system, Loran C, Military global positioning system (GPS), AN/BQH-7A expendable bathythermograph set
  • Mine Countermeasures Systems: AN/SLQ-48(V)2 mine neutralization system (MNS), AN/SQQ-32 minehunting sonar.
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    Black Hawk (MHC 58)
    Black Hawk 38k Launch
    U.S. Navy photo
    USS Black Hawk (MHC-58) Website
    USS Black Hawk (MHC 58)
    Black Hawk 148k Ships plaque Tommy Trampp
    Black Hawk 177k U.S. Navy photo Joe Radigan
    Black Hawk 322k 1 September 2004
    Naval Station Ingleside, TX
    The Osprey-class coastal mine hunter Black Hawk pulls into her homeport in Ingleside, Texas, after a six-month deployment to the Western Atlantic. Black Hawk participated in Commander Joint Task Force Exercise 04-2, a multinational exercise, and a Mine Exercise off the York River in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard during their deployment. Black Hawk is assigned to Mine Warfare Readiness Group One within Mine Countermeasures Squadron Two (COMCMRON-2).
    U.S. Navy photo 040901-N-8265R-003 by LT Herlinda K. Rojas
    Robert M. Cieri

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Bruce Walter Nichols, USN11 May 1996 - 19 August 1997
    02LCDR Mark H. Williams, USN19 August 1997 - 5 February 1999
    03CDR Bradley Joseph Smith, USN5 February 1999 - 21 November 2000
    04LCDR Christopher Hugh Halton, USN21 November 2000 - April 2002
    05CDR Patrick Niles Huete, USNApril 2002 - 8 May 2004
    06LCDR Mark Douglas Kesselring, USN8 May 2004 - 2005
    07LCDR George D. Brickhouse, USN15 January 2005 - 25 April 2006
    08LCDR Shanti Rae Sethi, USN25 April 2006 - September 2006
    09LCDR James LeRoy Storm, USN - Awarded two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals10 October 2006 - 10 January 2007
    10LCDR Antonio D. Hull, USNSeptember 2006 - February 2005
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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